Water utilities in Dar es Salaam have started working with an Israel company in a pilot project to identify sources of water loss and volume of the precious liquid needed to meet the region’s demand.
Water loses and leakages account for 52 percent of the 300 million cubic metres pumped daily by the treatment plants in Ruvu.
Government details have so far indicated that the daily consumption of water in Dar es Salaam is 450 million cubic metres per day, but the firm is able to supply only 300 million cubic metres daily.
Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation (Dawasco) Chief Executive Officer Jackson Midala said yesterday that the project is being conducted at Tegeta, Boko and Kawe in the region.
He was speaking shortly after Water Deputy Minister Amos Makalla had inspected progress of the planned expansion of the Lower and Upper Ruvu Water Treatment plants in Bagamoyo and Kibaha respectively.
Midala was also reacting to the deputy minister’s call on Wednesday for Dawasco to evaluate its performance in serving Dar residents.
According to Midala the team of technicians and experts from Israel were working to identify how the water was lost before reaching customers as well as the daily water demand in the city.
He explained that the plan is to avoid pumping unnecessary volume of water into the system.
“This will also help to identify the needed budget to address water leakages in the entire region. The experts will inspect customers’ water meter system,” he said.
The Dawasco CEO said however that they were still negotiating with Tokyo Water Utility to provide technical expertise on how to reduce and control water losses.
Speaking after visiting the two water treatment plants Makala called on the two utilities- Dawasco and Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (Dawasa) to work together in addressing challenges of supplying water in Dar es Salaam.
“You need to work as a team. Identify the problems together and improve your customer care department,” the deputy minister stressed.
He was optimistic that the problem of water shortage in the city, the home to five million people will be solved soonest.
On Wednesday this week Dawasco came under scrutiny after the newly appointed water deputy minister called on its board of directors to evaluate its performance.
Makala made the call when visited Dawasa and Dawasco head offices in Dar es Salaam and briefed on the implementation of various water and sewerage projects in the region.
According to Makala, the state-run water utility had long standing problems that called for urgent solution for it to continue servicing city residents.
“Dawasco members of staff are accused of conducting illegal water connections, failing to control water losses and instituting erratic water rationing,” Makala told the meeting, emphasising: “There is need for Dawasco to evaluate itself whether it is still required to continue operating in Dar es Salaam and take responsibility.”
Dawasa Chief Executive Officer Archard Mutalemwa told the deputy minister that his firm signed a ten-year lease agreement with Dawasco since 2005.
He said the government was now working on reviews of modalities to determine what should be done before the contract expires in June next year.
“I cannot talk about the ongoing discussions,” he quipped. However, he explained that the evaluation process had already started with the Treasury. Key players would be involved before the renewal or termination of the contract, he said.